How to verify if an app / apk is safe (permisison stuff) ?

Discussion in 'Android' started by Rick Astley, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Rick Astley
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    Rick Astley The real one !

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    Hi !

    Today i've discovered a game that is not that known, but recent and already many people are playing (100k+ of download on the google play).

    Because of being somewhat crazy, i wanted to check the permissions of the app and i've to admit that I don't really want to play the game anymore. For exemple the application ask to have the permission to download stuff without telling the user.

    I know there's safe apps with this kind of permissions, but i'm not that sure. I've tried to delete some permissions with APK Permission Remover, but after I remove almost everything and of course the game doesn't want to work.

    I really would like to try the game but I'm really fearing the dark side of this application, even if maybe it's really safe.

    Any solution in order to double check ?

    Thanks !
     
  2. SmellyPirateMonkey

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    Is it an offline game? If so let it download any data it needs to become playable. Then try blocking data for the app with a firewall.

    I also try App Cloner and remove 1 permission at a time and see what I can get away with.

    Edit - Also I find the eset and malwarebytes tell me when I install an app that's potentially unwanted

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  3. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Install a anti virus on your android, i use avast but there is others like avg and such. :)
     
  4. Rick Astley
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    Rick Astley The real one !

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    OMG I forgot the app OTL It's Game of Monsters : Legendary (or Pokeland) and aviable in both appstore / google play


    Thanks both ! I always had a bad thought about antivirus for Android (saw many reports a long time ago that they were useless) I don't use any in real time antivirus on my computers (4 PC, 0 virus in 10 years and using malwarebytes + adwcleaner + virustotal when i'm not sure of A special file) but maybe here it's the only solution

    + Yep I can understand that downloading stuff is logic but without any notification for the user ? Weird.

    Thanks o/